Tennessee Rocket Ship

The 95 meter long, 3950 dwt ro-ro cargo vessel MV Delta Mariner struck the Eggner Ferry Bridge over the Kentucky Lake, a section of the Tennessee River.   The Delta Mariner, loaded with booster cores used with Delta and Atlas rockets, attempted to pass under the bridge through a channel normally used by recreational vessels.  The bridge partially collapsed sending 20 feet of the span onto the vessel and into the water.  The bridge also suffered damage to its superstructure.  The Delta Mariner did not suffer any severe damage.  No one was injured during the incident.  The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.   

 
Delta Mariner
 
Delta Mariner
Delta Mariner
Delta Mariner
Delta Mariner
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The MV Delta Mariner typically loads booster cores at a Boeing plant in Decatur, Alabama and proceeds down the Tennessee River and Ohio River, then onto the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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Rona

The 86 meter long, 2669 dwt freighter Rona went aground near Akpinar, Turkey.   The vessel had entered the Black Sea when the master decided to anchor off Kilyos due to bad weather.  However, the high winds caused the anchor to drag and the vessel drifted aground.  The master of the vessel initially refused assistance, but as the storm worsen the ship owners requested assistance and the Turkish Coast Guard.  They dispatched two rescue boats along with a tug to the scene.    The Rona was en route to Varna from Tuzla.

Update:  All crew was safely removed from the vessel on Jan28, 2011.   No reports of injuries.

Video on the Rona

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